Written By: S Holmes | www.stonesdetroit.com
Santa Claus brought my son, Tristin, three tickets to the New Year’s Day Piston game vs. the Sacramento Kings. I feel compelled to tell of our experience at the game, not just because my son is still smiling ear to ear but because of a deserving little boy named Isaiah Thomas Bonner.
I hadn’t realized how much Santa hooked us up until we were actually sitting down. We were just a few seats off of the visitors’ tunnel. I figured if we were lucky the Pistons would get the “W” and Tristin could bump knuckles with a couple of the players.
Our good fortune started early. Before the game some of the Kings players were signing autographs. Isaiah, who was seated directly in front of us, gave Tristin a marker so he could get some signatures too. A small gesture but coming from such a young boy, I was impressed.
During halftime, I was watching my son out of the corner of my eye, he was beaming. He got three autographs, the man next to us gave him a t shirt, he was on jumbotron for at least 15 seconds and the Pistons were leading the Kings 58-48. Adding to his elation, Isaiah gave him a brownie sundae.
The Pistons maintained their lead throughout the second half, although Sacramento made a late run and closed the gap with only four minutes left in the game. Watching Tristin’s and Isaiah’s enthusiasm was infectious. Andre Drummond threw down a couple of monster jams, Greg Monroe, who I imagine is Isaiah’s favorite because he was sporting a number ten jersey, had a double-double with 18 points and 11 boards. With 11 seconds left on the clock, Austin Daye sealed the Kings’ fate with a nothing but netter from beyond the arc. Detroit won their third straight, beating Sacramento 103-97.
Immediately following the final buzzer, Tristin and Isaiah made their way over to the railing. Tristin was hoping to get a headband but was thrilled with the chance to simply high five some of the players.
Isaiah was karmically rewarded for his generosity and got the game shoes worn by Sacramento King, Francisco Garcia.
What happened next literally brought tears to my eyes. That may sound cheesy but as I slowly lose faith in humanity, watching children display acts of complete selflessness warms my heart. Absolutely unprompted, Isaiah gave one of the shoes to my son. That may not sound like a lot to some people but that one action will stay with Tristin forever. At the least, it will be a story that he tells his kids but even more it will be something that he learns from and will hopefully pass on to others.
For me, I think about my son who is having heart surgery in less than a week and how Isaiah made this basketball game an experience that Tristin will never forget.
I have learned a little bit more about Isaiah. He is a fifth grade honor roll student and plays AAU basketball. His favorite sports are basketball and baseball. He is a big fan of the Pistons, the Tigers and U of M….Go Blue! He is also very active in his local methodist church.
During the game, I told his mom that she had a good kid there. She explained that she always reminds Isaiah to , “Keep his character”. I can attest that Isaiah Thomas Bonner is full of exceptional character. I will never forget his kindness, nor will Tristin.
Thank you Isaiah….